Nursing and Midwifery
Catherine McAuley School of Nursing
Brookfield Health Sciences Complex,
College Road,

T: +353 21 4901491
E: p.oregan@ucc.ie

Patricia O'Regan is a nurse lecturer at the Catherine MC Auley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork where she has worked since 2002. Patricia trained as a general nurse in London and has since worked and studied both in the UK and Ireland. Patricia’s clinical background is in medicine and oncology. After specialising in oncology she worked in this area for over eight years. Patricia has a number of diplomas in the areas of education, oncology, counselling and complementary therapies. Patricia completed her BNS at Dublin City University and her MSC in 2003 at University College Cork.Patricia teaches a number of modules including oncology, palliative care, nutrition and health promotion.

Research Interests

I have gained an amount of theoretical and clinical experience in the area of oncology over the last fifteen years. This experience has enhanced my desire to gain further knowledge in the speciality of cancer which I am now pursuing through studying my area of interest to PhD level. This experience has been gained through a broad and considerable range of activities including working in the speciality of oncology in a number of settings, participating in specialised courses, teaching the subject area, facilitating cancer support groups, offering cancer patients complementary therapies, and publishing a number of related papers and book chapter. This experience has also enabled me gain a number of links in the clinical, academic and greater cancer population spheres including patient support networks. I have for a number of years been very interested in the subject of fatigue due to both the severity of its nature, the negative impact it has on cancer patients lives and due to the fact it is a symptom with minimum understanding and management strategies. I believe my completed thesis could both greatly aid the understanding of the topic. It is also envisaged that this research will generate data that will enable the development of a much needed standardised tool for fatigue management to be used nationally. My future research interests include expanding the area of fatigue, symptom management, complementary therapies, quality of life and psychological care of cancer patients. My career plans is to develop a strong research and academic profile in the area of oncological nursing through collaborative work with other academic and clinical experts in the area of oncology, and publish and present this work frequently. I endeavour to publish a number of peer reviewed papers on the subject both in relation to the literature review and the research findings sections of my PhD study, in both phase one and phase two. I have commenced publishing and have published two peer reviewed papers in recent weeks on the subject (please see publication list) title: “Fatigue and Patients with Advanced Cancer” and “Cancer Related Fatigue and its impact on the Surgical Patient”. Two further papers are presently being reviewed title “The Link between Fatigue and Depression in Advanced Cancer” and “Cancer Related Fatigue” – More than just a symptom”. Another paper is presently in progress (pilot study of main study) and will be submitted for peer review shortly, title “Assessment and Management of Cancer related fatigue in Chemotherapy Patients, an Irish context - A survey of Present Practice”. I plan to present my ongoing research and future research findings at a number of national and International conferences. I would endeavour to capture a large audience by presenting aspects of the literature review and study findings at nursing, oncology nursing, nursing research and cancer conferences in Ireland and Europe. 

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2008)'Cancer and wound care'
O'Regan P. ; (2008) 'Cancer and wound care' In: Advances in Wound Care. Aberdeen: Wounds UK Ltd. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2007)'The impact of cancer and its treatment on wound healing'
O'Regan, P.; (2007) 'The impact of cancer and its treatment on wound healing'. Wounds UK, 3 (2):87-95 [Details]
(2006)'Easing the Pain'
O'Regan, P.; (2006) 'Easing the Pain'. World of Irish Nursing, 14 (11):48-49 [Details]
(2006)'Functional modulation of human intestinal epithelial cell responses by Bifidobacterium infantis and Lactobacillus salivarius'
O'Hara A, O'Regan P, Fanning A, O;'Mahony C, MacSharry J, Lyons A, Bienenstock J, O'Mahony L, Shanahan F.; (2006) 'Functional modulation of human intestinal epithelial cell responses by Bifidobacterium infantis and Lactobacillus salivarius'. The Journal of Immunology, 118 (2):202-215 [Details]
(2005)'Students under Pressure'
O'Regan, P.; (2005) 'Students under Pressure'. World of Irish Nursing, 13 (9):16-18 [Details]
(2004)'Celiac disease and the transition from childhood to adulthood: A 28-year follow-up'
O'Leary C, Wieneke P, Healy M, Cronin C, O'Regan P, Shanahan F.; (2004) 'Celiac disease and the transition from childhood to adulthood: A 28-year follow-up'. American Journal of Gastroenterology, 99 (12):2437-2441 [Details]
(2000)'Prejudices in Health Promotion'
O'Regan, P.; (2000) 'Prejudices in Health Promotion'. Nursing Review, 17 (4):100-102 [Details]
(2010)'The clallenge of fighting fatigue'
O' Regan, P (2010) 'The clallenge of fighting fatigue'. Cancer Professional, 4 (1):15-17 [Details]
(2009)'Nutrition for patients in hospital'
O' Regan (2009) 'Nutrition for patients in hospital'. Nursing Standard (Royal College of Nursing (Great Britain)), 23 (23):35-41 [Details]
(2010)'Complementary therapies A challenge for nursing practice'
O'Regan, P; Wills, T; O'Leary, A; (2010) 'Complementary therapies A challenge for nursing practice'. Nursing Standard, 24 (21):35-39 [Details]
(2010)'Palliative care, pain control and nurse prescribing'
Creedon, R. & O'Regan, P.; (2010) 'Palliative care, pain control and nurse prescribing'. Nurse Prescribing, 8 (6):207-215 [Details]
(2010)'Palliative care, pain control and nurse prescribing'
Creedon, R. & O'Regan, P.; (2010) 'Palliative care, pain control and nurse prescribing'. Nurse Prescribing, 8 (6):207-215 [Details]
(2009)'Fighting fatigue'
O' Regan, P (2009) 'Fighting fatigue'. World of Irish Nursing, 17 (3):43-44 [Details]
(2009)'Fighting fatigue in patients with cancer'
O' Regan, P (2009) 'Fighting fatigue in patients with cancer'. Clinical Forum, Journal of The Irish College of General, 26 (7):41-42 [Details]
(2009)''Complementary Therapies & Their Use in the Perioperative Setting'
O'Regan, P; Wills, T (2009) ''Complementary Therapies & Their Use in the Perioperative Setting'. Irish Journal of Anaesthetic & Recovery Nursing, 5 (1):4-9 [Details]
(2008)'Cancer Related Fatigue and its impact on the Surgical Patient'
O' Regan, P (2008) 'Cancer Related Fatigue and its impact on the Surgical Patient'. Irish Journal of Anaesthetic & Recovery Nursing, 4 (4):10-12 [Details]
(2008)'Cancer information needs of people with an intellectual disability. A review of the literature'
O' Regan, P. & Drummond, E. (2008) 'Cancer information needs of people with an intellectual disability. A review of the literature'. European journal of oncology nursing : the official journal of European Oncology Nursing Society, 12 (2):142-147 [DOI] [Details]
(2009)'The growth of complementary therapies: and their benefits in the perioperative setting'
O¿Regan, P. & Wills, T. ; (2009) 'The growth of complementary therapies: and their benefits in the perioperative setting'. Journal of Perioperative Practice, 19 (11):382-386 [Details]
(2009)'Fatigue and depression in patients with advanced metastatic disease'
O' Regan, P., Hegarty, J (2009) 'Fatigue and depression in patients with advanced metastatic disease'. End of life care, 3 (2):26-32 [Details]
(2008)'Fatigue and Patients with Advanced Cancer'
O' Regan, P (2008) 'Fatigue and Patients with Advanced Cancer'. End of life care, 2 (4):35-42 [Details]

Conference Publications

YearPublication
(1999)Health Services Research Conference, University College Cork
O'Regan, P.; (1999) A Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter . In: * eds. Health Services Research Conference, University College Cork University College Cork, , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99 , pp.*-* [Details]
(1999)Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, University College Cork
O'Regan, P.; (1999) A Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter . In: * eds. Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, University College Cork University College Cork, , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99 , pp.*-* [Details]
(1999)Nurse Education Tomorrow International Participative Conference
O'Regan, P. ; (1999) Nurse Education Tomorrow International Participative Conference . In: * eds. Nurse Education Tomorrow International Participative Conference Durham, England. Conference Proceedings. September 2005, , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99 , pp.*-* [Details]
(1999)The 2005 International Nursing Research Conference. Royal College of Nursing
O'Regan, P.; (1999) A Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter . In: * eds. The 2005 International Nursing Research Conference. Royal College of Nursing Royal College of Nursing. Belfast Northern Ireland, , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99 , pp.*-* [Details]
(1999)24th Annual Nursing and Midwifery International Research Conference
O'Regan, P.; (1999) A Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter . In: * eds. 24th Annual Nursing and Midwifery International Research Conference Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland. Dublin, , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99 , pp.*-* [Details]

Thesis/Dissertation

YearPublication
(2003)A comparative study of the sources of stress that diploma student nurses encounter.
O'Regan, P.; (2003) A comparative study of the sources of stress that diploma student nurses encounter. Thesis/Dissertation [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2008PhD Fellowship Scholarship / Grant School of Nursing & Midwifery

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
An Bord Altranais (Nurses and Nurse Lecturer Registry) 01-JAN-95 / 01-DEC-10
Irish Oncology Nurses Association 01-JAN-99 / 01-DEC-10
Irish Nurses Organisation 01-JAN-99 / 01-DEC-10

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2003University College Cork MASTER OF SCIENCEMSC Nursing Studies and RNT (Registered Nurse Tutor)
2001Dublin City University Bachelor of Nursing StudiesNursing Studies
1991Kings College Hospital, London RGN - CERT - NARNET SCHOOL OF NURSING LONDONNursing
1995Thames Valley University London CertificateOncology
1994Thames Valley University London CertificateTeaching and Learning in Clinical Practice
1994London School of Counselling and Therapy CertificateCounselling
1994Kings College London & St Christopher¿s Hospice CertificatePain Management
1993London Therapy Centre DIPLOMAAromatherapy
1993London Therapy Centre CertificateAnatomy, Physiology & Massage
1992London Therapy Centre CertificateRefloxology
1992London Therapy Centre CertificateNutrition and Diet
2014University College Cork PhDCancer related fatigue and self-care while undergoing Chemotherapy: Patients' perspectives

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork College Lecturer01-SEP-02 / 01-DEC-10
Cork University Hospital Acting Nurse Tutor01-DEC-01 / 01-SEP-02
Oncology Unit Cork University Hospital Staff Nurse01-APR-01 / 01-NOV-01
Bon Secours Hospital Cork Staff Nurse01-SEP-96 / 01-MAR-01

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2008)UCC/Cork University Teaching Hospitals Health Research Day,
Drummond, E. & O'Regan P ; (2008) Cancer and Intellectual Disability: Issues for Practice. [Poster Presentation], UCC/Cork University Teaching Hospitals Health Research Day, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, UCC Cork , 06-JUN-08 - 06-JUN-08. [Details]
(2008)Symptom Management of Cancer and its treatments,
O Regan, P. ; (2008) Cancer Care Programme. [Invited Oral Presentation], Symptom Management of Cancer and its treatments, Tralee Regional Hospital, School of Nursing , 01-APR-08 - 01-APR-08. [Details]
(2008)Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland,
Drummond, E. & O'Regan P; (2008) Ireland Nursing Research Conference Cancer and Intellectual Disability: Issues for Practice. [Oral Presentation], Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, , 01-FEB-08 - 01-FEB-08. [Details]
(2008)2nd UCC/Cork University Teaching Hospitals Health Research Day,
Drummond, E. & O'Regan P; (2008) Cancer and Intellectual Disability: Issues for Practice. [Oral Presentation], 2nd UCC/Cork University Teaching Hospitals Health Research Day, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, UCC Cork , 06-JUN-08 - 06-JUN-08. [Details]
(2005)2nd Annual Conference,
O Regan, P. ; (2005) 2nd Annual Conference. [Poster Presentation], 2nd Annual Conference, Cork , 01-OCT-05 - 01-OCT-05. [Details]
(2005)Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference,
O Regan, P. ; (2005) A Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter. [Oral Presentation], Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference, University College Cork , 01-SEP-05 - 01-SEP-05. [Details]
(2005)24th Annual Nursing and Midwifery International Research Conference,
O Regan, P. ; (2005) A Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter. [Oral Presentation], 24th Annual Nursing and Midwifery International Research Conference, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, Dublin , 01-FEB-05 - 01-FEB-05. [Details]
(2005)A Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter,
O Regan, P. ; (2005) The 2005 International Nursing Research Conference. Royal College of Nursing. [Oral Presentation], A Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter, Belfast, Northern Ireland , 01-MAR-05 - 01-MAR-05. [Details]
(2005)Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter,
O Regan, P. ; (2005) 24th Annual Nursing and Midwifery International Research Conference. [Poster Presentation], Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland , 01-FEB-05 - 01-FEB-05. [Details]
(2005)A Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter,
O Regan, P. ; (2005) The 2005 International Nursing Research Conference. [Poster Presentation], A Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter, Belfast, Northern Ireland , 01-MAR-05 - 01-MAR-05. [Details]
(2005)Health Services Research Conference,
O Regan, P. ; (2005) A Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter. [Oral Presentation], Health Services Research Conference, Cork , 01-AUG-05 - 01-AUG-05. [Details]
(2005)5th Annual Conference,
O Regan, P. ; (2005) A Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter. [Poster Presentation], 5th Annual Conference, Dublin , 01-NOV-05 - 01-NOV-05. [Details]
(2005)National Council for the professional development of nurses, 5th Annual Conference,
O Regan, P.; (2005) A Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter. [Oral Presentation], National Council for the professional development of nurses, 5th Annual Conference, Dublin , 01-NOV-05 - 01-NOV-05. [Details]
(1999)School of Nursing & Midwifery Seminar Presentation,
O'Regan, P.; (1999) A Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter. [Oral Presentation], School of Nursing & Midwifery Seminar Presentation, University College Cork , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)The 2005 International Nursing Research Conference,
O'Regan, P.; (1999) A Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter. [Poster Presentation], The 2005 International Nursing Research Conference, Royal College of Nursing. Belfast, Northern Ireland , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)Health Services Research Conference, University College Cork,
O'Regan, P.; (1999) A Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter. [Oral Presentation], Health Services Research Conference, University College Cork, University College Cork , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference,,
O'Regan, P.; (1999) A Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter. [Poster Presentation], Nursing and Midwifery Research Conference,, University College Cork , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)24th Annual Nursing and Midwifery International Research Conference,
O'Regan, P.; (1999) A Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter. [Poster Presentation], 24th Annual Nursing and Midwifery International Research Conference, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(1999)Nurse Education Tomorrow International Participative Conference,
O'Regan, P.; (1999) A Comparative Study of the Sources of Stress that Diploma Student Nurses Encounter. [Oral Presentation], Nurse Education Tomorrow International Participative Conference, Durham, England , 30-DEC-99 - 30-DEC-99. [Details]
(2010)College of Medicine & Health - 2nd Annual Research Conference Molecule to Medicine,
Wills, T., O'Regan, P. & O'Leary, A.; (2010) Student Nurses Opinions & Knowledge of Complementary Therapies. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], College of Medicine & Health - 2nd Annual Research Conference Molecule to Medicine, University College Cork, Cork , 16-JUN-10 - 16-JUN-10. [Details]
(2010)Annual International Conference, RCSI, Dublin,
Wills, T., O¿Regan, P. & O¿Leary, A. ; (2010) Student Nurses Opinions and Knowledge of Complementary Therapies. [Poster Presentation], Annual International Conference, RCSI, Dublin, dublin , 25-FEB-10 - 25-FEB-10. [Details]
(2010)29th Annual International Conference, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland,
Wills, T., O'Regan, P. & O'Leary, A. ; (2010) Student Nurses Opinions 7 Knowledge of Complementary Therapies. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 29th Annual International Conference, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, RSCI, Dublin , 25-FEB-10 - 26-FEB-10. [Details]
(2009)Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference,
Wills, T., O¿Regan, P. & O¿Leary, A. ; (2009) Student Nurses Opinions and Knowledge of Complementary Therapies,. [Oral Presentation], Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Trinity College Dublin , 04-NOV-09 - 04-NOV-09. [Details]
(2008)The 27th Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference, Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland, Faculty of nursing & midwifery,
Drummond, E. & O¿ Regan, P; (2008) Cancer and Intellectual Disability: Issues for Practice. [Poster Presentation], The 27th Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research Conference, Royal College of Surgeons In Ireland, Faculty of nursing & midwifery, Faculty of nursing & midwifery, , 20-FEB-08 - 21-FEB-08. [Details]
(2011)The Inagural National Conference of Nurse and Midwife Prescribing,
Creedon, R. & O'Regan, P. ; (2011) Palliative care, pain control and nurse prescribing. [Poster Presentation], The Inagural National Conference of Nurse and Midwife Prescribing, School of Medicine and Health, University College Cork , 09-SEP-11 - 09-SEP-11. [Details]
(2008)UCC/Cork University Teaching Hospitals Research,
Drummond, E. & O¿Regan, P; (2008) Cancer and Intellectual Disability: Issues for Practice. [Poster Presentation], UCC/Cork University Teaching Hospitals Research, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, UCC , 06-JUN-08 - 06-JUN-08. [Details]
(2010)School of Medicine and Health Conference, University College Cork,
Wills, T., O¿Regan, P. & O¿Leary, A. ; (2010) Student Nurses Opinions and Knowledge of Complementary Therapies. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], School of Medicine and Health Conference, University College Cork, Cork , 15-JUN-10 - 15-JUN-10. [Details]
(2005)6th European Conference on Knowledge Management,
O'Donnell, D., Cleary, P., O'Regan, P., Bontis, N. & Kennedy, T. (2005) Communicative Action in Intellectual Capital Creation: An Empirical Test. [Oral Presentation], 6th European Conference on Knowledge Management, University of Limerick, Ireland . [Details]
(2009)Transforming Healthcare through Research Education and Technology 10th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference,
Wills, T., O'Regan, P. & O'Leary, A.; (2009) Student Nurses opinions and knowledge of Complementary Therapies. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Transforming Healthcare through Research Education and Technology 10th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Trinity College, Dublin , 04-NOV-09 - 05-NOV-09. [Details]